Throughout the Caribbean region there are nation building projects underway. At different stages of development and with diverse content the state behind each territory and the nation itself have each evolving since conception in the late 18th century. The State in each country initially formed as an entity to manage chattel slavery. for nation building a process involving populating the region with enslaved people from Africa and the Caribbean and to a lesser extent indentured people from the Indian subcontinent. Up until today the state in each country is imbued with colonialist content and substance. The nation in formation by contrast is undergoing birth pains due to the imprint of colonialist thinking. Conclusion being that the the nation must be built on a new historical basis with the masses at the head and with a state which correlates with that transformation.
Last December the Observer and Sunday Mirror revealed that Drax personally controlled the Drax Hall plantation in Barbados, which his family has owned since 1650 and was worked by slaves for 200 years. We also revealed Drax – who is said to enjoy a Downton Abbey lifestyle – is the wealthiest landowning MP, worth at least £150m, with an estate of 22.5 square miles of Dorset and 125 properties including his 17th century mansion.
The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines stands in solidarity with the revolutionary island. PM Comrade Ralph speaks to press at Encuentro Antiimperialista de Solidaridad, por la Democracia y contra el Neoliberalismo - Cuba, November 2019, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, rejects meddling in Cuban internal affairs and stands … Continue reading Ralph Gonsalves – Reject Meddling in Cuban Internal Affairs
Jovenel Moïse was a violent and corrupt tyrant. While his passing may not elicit much sympathy, the Haitian president’s assassination should not be celebrated. Backed by Washington and Ottawa, Moïse appears to have been killed by elements within his own violent PHTK political party. The well-organized operation was probably bankrolled by one of the country’s … Continue reading The Assassination of Jovenel Moïse
The African presence in selected locales on the planet today is as follows: USA, 44 million (or 13.4 per cent of population); Canada, 1.2 million (3.5 per cent); UK, 1.9 million (3.0 per cent); Brazil, 14.5 million (7.6 per cent); France three-five million (7.5 per cent). The African presence in Germany is one million, (about one per cent of population), and in Portugal 150,500 (1.5 per cent). Here in the Caribbean the African presence is 20 million, with Haiti a great contributor, and with our country contributing about half a million.
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The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations is continuing work on the development of a National Language Policy for Saint Lucia.
The Bajan plan hopes to boost its population, currently 290,000, by availing multi-generational diaspora descendants citizenship of the island. The change would mean that, providing they can prove it, descendants of the Island who settled in Liberia beginning in April 1865 and after could be in line for citizenship of Barbados.
For the most part, Barbadians were happy to see the back of Lord Nelson. The large crowd on hand to witness the removal of the statue from National Heroes’ Square this evening clapped and screamed in delight when the crane lifted the statue from its resting place. The majority of those who spoke to Barbados TODAY said they believed it was high time the sculpture was moved.
We cannot continue on a road that will lead to the destruction of our country. We are still at a point where sanity about race relationships is strong enough in both our communities, where there is enough genuine goodwill and recognition of our co-dependence and common interests for us to arrest what is potentially a very destructive slide. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Black Power revolution in Trinidad and Tobago we need to revisit its lessons which can teach us the principled path to achieving harmony in diversity in a society which needs it, even more so with the challenges which are just ahead.